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Illinois seeking CPO applicants

April 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is seeking applicants for the position of Conservation Police Officer Trainee. 

Applicant testing is scheduled for April 27-30 and May 4-7 through the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS).  Click here to fill out an application form online, or download and submit a paper application prior to the testing dates. Illinois hunting and fishing

While the IDNR is not currently hiring for the position, the IDNR may receive law enforcement grant funding and is beginning the application and testing phase this spring.  Conservation Police Officer Trainee is a state employment position title for which CMS does not test on a regular basis, so those interested in the position are encouraged to apply and participate in the testing scheduled for April 27-30 and May 4-7.  Applicants can check with the CMS Testing Center for times and locations.

Conservation Police Officers have full police authority, with an enforcement mission focused on natural resources protection and outdoor recreation safety. 

Eligibility requirements for a Conservation Police Officer (CPO) include:

  • A two-year degree and three consecutive years of experience as a full-time police officer with the same law enforcement agency, or a four-year degree;
  • Must possess the skill level and demonstrate the ability to swim at the competence level not less than that established by the American Red Cross for skills equivalent to an intermediate level swimmer;
  • Successfully obtain certification as a police officer (unless he or she already holds that certification) and successfully complete the Conservation Police Academy training program, which consists of not less than 400 hours of training, within one year of hire.

CPO duties include enforcement of criminal and vehicle laws in state parks; patrolling Illinois lakes and rivers and enforcing boat safety laws and regulations; enforcing state and federal fish and wildlife laws and regulations; enforcing timber buyers act, forest protection, endangered species protection, and snowmobile registration and operation laws; enforcing laws and regulations regarding commercial establishments including taxidermists, fur buyers and fish markets; and, enforcing IDNR administrative rules and regulations.

Click here for more information on the IDNR Office of Law Enforcement and the Conservation Police Officer hiring process, or contact Lt. Eric Bumgarner, IDNR Office of Law Enforcement, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271, phone 217/785-8407, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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I applied even though I don’t meet all requirements. See what happens.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/16 at 06:21 PM

ESP I must have it. Now after they are going to jack up the cost of deer tags, camping permits, etc, etc and everything else they can think of. We have to hire more people. More goverment. I just wonder how many brother in laws and cousins will get a job. That would be a interesting survey.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/17 at 08:37 AM

That’s kind of the goal (or one of them), isn’t it?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/17 at 08:53 AM

Yeah, that’s it…  More government. 

It has nothing to do with reducing the workload of the current CPOs that are covering 3+ counties each…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/17 at 09:20 AM

lol….more tax collectors.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/19 at 09:37 PM

That’s pretty cool, Andy. Probably near Lost Bridge Rd, right? I haven’t seen anything in weeks. Then again, I haven’t been in Decatur in weeks…LOL.
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We’ll see if and how many CPOs get hired out of this process…the DNR website says that they are “anticipating” some openings, pending funding of course. I personally wouldn’t mind seeing a few more CPOs. They could spend our tax dollars on a lot worse!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 01:31 PM

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